Praised for “…spot-on ensemble playing and a beautifully blended sound…” (San Francisco Classical Voice) and “…rich, committed string tone, dazzling pianism, rhythmic flexibility, and risky tempi…” (Sarasota Herald Tribune) the Delphi Trio has become a powerfully eloquent voice in the world of chamber music.
Prizewinners of the 2015 Orlando Concours in the Netherlands, the Delphi Trio has performed in Germany, the Netherlands, Canada, and across the United States. Recent highlights include the world premiere of William Bolcom’s Piano Trio; a concerto residency with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra and Barbara Day Turner; the west coast premiere of Paul Juon’s Episodes Concertantes (1912) with Michael Morgan and the Oakland Symphony; and performances throughout the United States, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, and WFMT Studios Chicago.
The Delphi Trio is grounded in the immensely rich classic repertoire for piano trio and is committed to the exploration of its deep, lasting meaning for performers and audience alike. The Trio sees contemporary music as a natural extension of the standard repertoire and is therefore dedicated to the music of our time. Delphi has given acclaimed world premieres of William Bolcom’s Piano Trio (2014), Max Stoffregen’s Coyote Plan (2013) and Sahba Aminikia’s Deltangi-ha (2012) and Shab o Meh (2014). The Trio will be premiering a new work by Evan Price, composer and jazz violinist formerly of the Turtle Island Quartet, in the 2018-19 season.
The Delphi Trio believes chamber music is an ideal model for education. Delphi is committed to supporting young artists as they begin their careers and has established their Emerging Artist Program to collaborate with collegiate students in their first professional chamber music concert. The Trio also curates the Practice Project, a social media group dedicated to fostering community, openness, and vulnerability among both professional and amateur artists.
In addition to their work as a trio, Jeffrey, Liana, and Michelle perform in solo recital, larger chamber music, and as soloists with orchestra and believe in the symbiotic relationship between solo and collaborative work. They have individually performed with artists such as Robert Mann, Bonnie Hampton, Anthony Marwood, Menahem Pressler, Geoff Nuttall, Paul Katz, and the Alexander and Afiara Quartets.
Liana Bérubé, Michelle Kwon, and Jeffrey LaDeur are graduates of the University of Toronto, Stanford University and the Eastman School of Music respectively, and formed the Trio while studying in the prestigious Chamber Music degree program at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. They count among their mentors Henk Guittart, Bonnie Hampton, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, and Stephen Prutsman, and have worked with Peter Wiley, Pedja Muzijevich, James Tocco, Anton Nel, and Pamela Frank.
As an ensemble, the Trio has always made food and friendship a priority and believe that these elements are at the heart of great chamber music. The ensemble is built on trust and communication; to that end, each Delphi rehearsal starts in the same way – a meal, conversation, and music.
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Mozart Piano Trio in B-flat major, K.502
Mendelssohn, Trio in C minor, Op. 66
I – Allegro energico e con fuoco
II – Andante espressivo
III – Scherzo – Molto allegro quasi presto
IV – Finale – Allegro appassionato
Saint-Saëns, Piano Trio No. 2 in e minor, Op. 92
III. Andante con moto
IV. Grazioso, poco allegro
Chopin, Piano Trio in g minor, Op. 8
III. Adagio sostenuto
Maurice Ravel, Piano Trio in A Minor
Sahba Aminikia, Deltangi-ha
William Bolcom Trio (2014) Written for and dedicated to the Delphi trio
III. Strongly driven
2018/19 Program Offerings
Evan Price, Dmitri Shostakovich, Johannes Brahms
- Among Friends
Schumann, Chan Ka Nin, Schubert
- Death and Transfiguration
Cowell, Schumann, Beethoven
- Les Français
Fauré, Roussel, and Ravel
Current & Recent Programs
- A First for Everything
Beethoven, William Bolcom, Toru Takemitsu, Mendelssohn
- Carte Blanche
Martinů, Dvořák, Vivaldi, Kapustin
- Light and Shadow
Haydn, Smetana, Schubert
- Viennese Classics
Mozart, Brahms, Schubert
- Made in America
Henry Cowell, Amy Beach, Pierre Jalbert, Max Stoffregen, *William Bolcom
- Concerto Residency
The Delphi Trio is pleased to offer this unique series of programs with orchestra, exploring the individuality and unity of the piano trio. Designed as either a three- or four-concert residency over the course of a season or festival, the members of th...
- Masterclasses, Chamber Music Coachings, and Private Lessons
Liana, Michelle, and Jeffrey believe strongly in the value and importance of sharing their knowledge, experience, and love for music with others through teaching. The Delphi Trio emphasizes the essential communicative aspect of chamber music and an app...
- Practice Clinic
Most musicians grow up learning the physicality of how to practice, but music education often neglects our individual relationships with our instruments and our practice psychology. The Delphi Trio draws on its extensive research from the Practice Proj...
- Panel Discussion (also available as Post-Concert Chat)
In this offering, the Delphi Trio invites audience members into discussion about different aspects of artistic life. Drawing on the Trio's individual experiences and their research from the Practice Project, topics can include commissioning new composi...